Apple was Granted 44 Patents Today Covering a Sensing System, Maps, Psychovisual Image Compression & iPad Mini Design
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we focus on an advanced sensing system designed for Apple's iDevices while touching on three additional patents relating to mapping, image compression and a possible future iPad frame construction that uses composite materials that could further lighten the design. On another front, Apple's original iPad mini was finally granted a design patent today. And last but not least, we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Apple Granted Patent for an Advanced Vibration Sensing System
Apple was granted a patent today for their invention relating to electronic devices with touch-sensitive surfaces, including but not limited to electronic devices that detect touches based on vibration sensing.
In Apple's patent FIG. 2E illustrated below we're able to see a portable device 200 that includes a plurality of subsystems noted as series "232" of sensors.
In Apple's patent FIG. 5 noted above we're able to see a flow diagram illustrating a method of conditionally answering an incoming call. The device conditionally answers (#508) an incoming call in accordance with a change in the determined holding state of the portable telephone device (e.g., answer an incoming call when the portable device is picked up from a hard surface, for example a table top).
Apple further notes that in some embodiments, users will be able to modify scroll speed by simply adjusting their grip strength around the sides of an iPhone or iPad. For example, in accordance with a determination that the device is held with a regular grip, the device responds to a swipe gesture by scrolling a graphical user interface at a first speed. In accordance with a determination that the device is held with a tight grip, the device responds to a swipe gesture by scrolling a graphical user interface at a second speed lower than the first speed. This allows a user to more accurately scroll when the device is held with a tight grip.
This is a very complex invention that covers a broad range of possible features. For instance, there's an entire section on the device uniquely working in conjunction with RF circuitry that could work with a workout program as is found in Apple Watch that could figure out time, distance, and/or calorie burning goals in real time.
To explore this granted patent further, see Apple's granted patent 8,892,162. Apple credits Ryan Garrone, Sean Mayo, Scott Mullin and Gordon Cameron as the inventors of granted patent 8,892,162 which was originally filed in Q3 2011 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Also see our 2012 patent application report that covered different aspects of this invention in respect to a smart bezel and touch zones.
Three Notable Granted Patents Issued Today
In addition to Apple's patent regarding a sensing system, there were three other patents of mild interest that you may want to further explore on your own. The first covers street view and other Map centric features The second covers Methods for forming composite housing frames to make iDevices even lighter and the third one covers Psychovisual image compression.
Apple Granted a Design Patent for the Original iPad Mini WiFi + Cellular Model
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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